Jartcev out of the wilderness

May 14, 2004
By Gennady Fyodorov
Not many believed Georgy Jartcev could turn around the fortunes of the struggling Russian side when he took over from Valery Gazzayev in late August 2003.

The Russians were languishing in third place in Euro 2004 qualifying Group 10, five points behind leaders Switzerland and three behind Ireland, with three games remaining.

But just over a month later, Jartcev steered Russia to two wins and a draw in their final three matches to set up that memorable playoff against Wales.
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